Got fresh green beans? Here are all the very best green bean recipes to use them, from a quick side dish with lemon to the traditional creamy casserole.
There’s nothing like fresh green beans: the satisfying crunch and brilliant green color brings life to any meal! While there are lots of recipes that use soggy, frozen beans: the best green bean recipes are anything but that! Here’s a list of the best ways to use fresh green beans. There’s our easiest 10-minute lemon green beans, the best way to use them as a side dish. But there are lots of main dish ideas too, from the classic French Nicoise salad to Italian vegetable soup. Ready to get to the recipes?
How to trim green beans…fast!
Now, before we start: the biggest hurdle to using fresh green beans in recipes is trimming them! If you’re not careful, you can spend 10 minutes trimming off the ends of a bunch of green beans: wasting lots of prep time in the process. Here at A Couple Cooks, Alex and I found a way to trim green beans that’s quick and easy: you should be able to do this in 3 minutes, tops! Here’s our method: How to Trim Green Beans…Fast!
And now…the best green bean recipes!
The best green bean recipes? These zesty lemon green beans are the epitome of an easy side dish! This healthy recipe rounds out just about any dinner.
- 1 pound fresh green beans*
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus zest from 1 lemon (1 tablespoon)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Trim the green beans.
- Place 1 1/2 cups water into a saucepan or pot and bring it to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the green beans in the steamer basket. Steam with the lid on 4 to 5 minutes until just tender (test with a fork).
- Carefully remove the beans to a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.
*This recipe is easily doubled to feed a crowd.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Steamed
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Green Bean Recipes, Lemon Green Beans
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.